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Don’t Sign Informal Documents on the Run in China

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, China Business, China Film Industry

I meet a lot of foreigners skipping through China on business. Many of them are delegates on trade missions or attendees at festivals or summits. They frequently allow their Chinese friends to pressure them to sign little documents while they’re in town. The foreigners think there can’t be much harm in signing short, “informal” documents… Continue Reading

Getting Money out of China: The Movie

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The 40th Annual UCLA Entertainment Symposium took place this past weekend, and in recognition of the Chinese film market’s meteoric expansion, the symposium for the first time devoted an entire panel to China. The panel featured three high-powered Chinese film execs: Eric Rong, President of TIK Films, Jay Sun, Chairman and President of Pegasus Media… Continue Reading

IP in China’s Entertainment Industry — The Big Issues: an AmCham China Panel, Beijing, Monday March 21st

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  AmCham China’s Media & Entertainment Forum is putting on a what is sure to be a great panel in Beijing on Monday March 21, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: IP in China’s Entertainment Industry — the Big Issues. AmCham describes the event as follows: The rapid growth and increasing sophistication of China’s entertainment industry present both… Continue Reading

The China Film Industry: An Update

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Mathew Alderson, our lead China media and entertainment lawyer out of Beijing, was interviewed recently for a China Economic Review story by Hudson Lockett, entitled, 2015: The Year China’s Film Industry Doubled Down on Content. The full text of the interview is below, with the publisher’s kind approval. CER: What were the biggest developments in China for cinematic IP during… Continue Reading

Copyright Takedowns in China, Part IV: Whatever you do, register your copyrights first

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  This is the fourth in a series about online copyright takedowns. Copyright Takedowns in China was a general summary of the regulations that establish the takedown procedures. These regulations enable enforcement of the “right of communication through an information network” as it applies to sound recordings and audiovisual recordings. Copyright Takedowns in China Part… Continue Reading

China Media and Entertainment: January 12, 2016, in Beijing

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Mathew Alderson, our firm’s lead China entertainment lawyer, will be moderating an AmCham event in Beijing on January 12. AmCham describes this event as follows: Media and Entertainment Forum Co-Chair Mathew Alderson will moderate an exclusive lunchtime presentation given by Ms. Dai Huang, Vice President, Distribution Sales and Production, Greater China, Sony Pictures Television. As… Continue Reading

China Merchandising Rights: Can You Trademark the Wuxi Finger Hold?

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Not long ago, the Beijing Higher People’s Court ruled against a trademark squatter, Hu Xiaozhong (胡晓中), who had attempted to register the phrase “Kung Fu Panda” for a variety of automotive-related products such as childrens’ carseats, seat headrests, and steering wheel covers. The basis of the decision was that the film Kung Fu Panda was… Continue Reading

Copyright Takedowns in China Part III — Audiovisual and Sound Recordings in the Cloud

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This is the third in our series on online copyright takedowns. In Copyright Takedowns in China, we provided a general summary of the regulations that establish the takedown procedures. These regulations enable enforcement of the “right of communication through an information network” as it applies to sound recordings and audiovisual recordings. In Copyright Takedowns in… Continue Reading

Copyright Takedowns in China, Part II: Searching, Linking or Storing?

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This is the second in a series of posts about China’s system for the takedown of copyright subject matter stored or posted online without the copyright owner’s approval. In our first post, Copyright Takedowns in China, we provided a general summary of the regulations that establish the takedown procedures. These regulations enable enforcement of the… Continue Reading

Copyright Takedowns in China

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China has a pretty good system for takedowns of copyright subject matter stored or posted online without the approval of the copyright owner. Our China lawyers are have helped motion picture producers, motion picture distributors, gaming companies and other copyright owners invoke this process and the results are generally good when the copyright owner is… Continue Reading

China’s Film Industry Promotion Law: The New Draft

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China’s National People’s Congress issued a draft of the Film Industry Promotion Law for public comment on November 6, 2015. The law is to apply to “film activities” such as film development, production, distribution and release within the PRC. The published annotations indicate the law is intended to simplify the regulation of screenplays, film productions and… Continue Reading

China IP Protection: The Force Is Strong With This Blog Post

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Last week Disney staged a publicity stunt on the Great Wall of China, arraying 500 Imperial stormtroopers statues in formation to promote the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Perhaps you’ve heard of it?) I might be a bit jaded, but when I see a company making a huge promotional push in China, the… Continue Reading

Copyright Pledges in China Film & TV Finance

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Copyright in China is a bundle of personal and property rights attaching to certain types of works. Copyright works include written works (such as screenplays) and cinematographic works (such as motion pictures). The rights in written works include a right of cinematography, being the right to adapt the written work into a cinematographic work. Producers… Continue Reading

China Motion Picture Copyrights

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I covered this topic during my recent webinar for the China-Britain Business Council about China Film Intellectual Property. Here is a summary of the main points I made. China joined WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization) in 1980 and it introduced its first copyright law in 1990. China adopted modern intellectual property laws as a… Continue Reading

China Entertainment Contracts, 101

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I touched on this topic during my recent webinar for the China-Britain Business Council about China Film Intellectual Property. Most of my comments apply equally to all industries, not just the film industry. Chinese contracts are usually simpler and shorter than contracts used in the West. The specialized vocabulary taken for granted in Western film… Continue Reading

China Intellectual Property in Film and Online Broadcasting: A Webinar Starting on June 23 (9:30 a.m. London Time, 4:30 p.m. China Time)

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The China Britain Business Council and the British Chamber of Commerce in China are co-sponsoring what is sure to be a great webinar, An Overview of Intellectual Property in Film and Online Broadcasting (VOD) Regulation. Click here to register, but do it fast because it starts very soon. The seminar is described as follows: China’s film… Continue Reading

Beijing International Film Festival: Sino-Foreign Co-Productions

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Mathew Alderson, who leads our China entertainment group from Beijing, just moderated a panel at the 5th Beijing International Film Festival. The panel was about sino-foreign co-productions. Mathew’s panel was preceded by a keynote address given by Miao Xiaotian, General Manager, China Film Co-production Corporation (CFCC). The panelists were: Ellen Eliasoph, President and CEO, Village… Continue Reading

The Music Business in China: Copyright And Regulatory Issues. Beijing, March 26

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Mathew Alderson, head of our Beijing-based China Entertainment Group will be leading an AmCham Conference on China’s Music Business. This event, The Music Business in China: Copyright and Regulatory Issues, will take place on March 26 from noon until 2:00 p.m. at the following venue: AmCham China Conference Center The Office Park AB, 6th Floor… Continue Reading

China And US Film And TV Content Event: Beijing on March 18

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Mathew Alderson, who heads up our China media and entertainment practice, will be moderating a panel of leading experts discussing the “issues faced by creatives and producers when developing content suitable for audiences in both China and the US.” This AmCham event is called Creating Film and TV Content for Audiences in Both China and the… Continue Reading

Will Chinese Broadcasters Pay Public Performance Royalties To Record Companies?

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This is the second in a series of posts on music copyright in China. My first post China Music Copyrights is here. China is often criticized by the US for its copyright laws but China and the US have more in common than you might have thought when it comes to copyright — they are both among… Continue Reading

China’s Film Industry Getting More Industrial

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China Economic Review editor Hudson Lockett interviewed our Beijing-based entertainment lawyer, Mathew Alderson, for his story, 2014: The year China’s film industry got more industrial. Mr. Lockett was interested in some of the issues Mathew covered in his recent series on digital ancillaries in China’s film industry. The below are some of the questions and answers from… Continue Reading